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Created by Ronald Hilton on 12/04/97 3:37 PM

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In my TV interview with Professor Rakove, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book on the constitution, we discussed the changing of meaning of key words. We referred to "Liberty" and "Happiness", which did not mean "I'll do what I darn-well please." I am concerned that the West, especially the United States, may collapse because this is the meaning commonly accepted by youth. I referred to a key book on this issue, but garbled the author's name. I w as referring to the Scottish philosopher Henry Home, Lord Kames. The book is ESSAYS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF MORALITY AND NATURAL RELIGION (1751). Kames belonged to the moral sense school, which held that people have an innate sense of right and wrong. They are free to pursue right and thus to ensure their happiness, i.e. the pursuit of liberty. The copy in the Library of Congress probably came from Thomas Jefferson, with notes by him. Kames, forgotten today, was a major influence on the drafters of the American constitution.


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